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Livestock Round Up: Broiler Production Ramping Up

The broiler production is looking strong for the new year. Chick hatching for placements in October was up 6 percent year-over-year. That’s the largest increase since May, when year-over-year comparisons reflected the height of the COVID disruptions in 2020. It takes about seven weeks for those chicks to reach slaughter.   Weekly egg sets have averaged about 4 percent above 2020 levels since April; egg sets are about a 10 week lead time to slaughter, but as we reported on 12 October, there has been a fertility problem in the broiler industry. The hatchability of egg sets has been running below last year. Simply, hatchability is calculated by dividing chicks hatched during the week by eggs set three weeks earlier. ...

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Communicating importance of value-added products

Facing increasing pressure to quantify the value of export promotion efforts to investors, a U.S. industry organization retained WPI to develop a quantitative model that better communicated the importance of exports. The resulting model concluded that value-added meat exports contributed $0.45 cents per bushel to the price of corn, increasing support for that sector’s financial support of WPI’s client. In addition to serving the red meat industry with this type of analysis, WPI has generated similar deliverables for the U.S. soybean and poultry/egg industries.

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